It was a relief to see U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson refuse Wednesday to order the federal government to accept into trust the Park City site where the Wyandotte Nation wants to build a casino. Now the Interior Department will decide whether the 10.5 acres, which are unconnected to the tribe’s history and far from its reservation in Oklahoma, can be considered tribal lands and therefore available for tribal gaming. The judge’s decision is another important roadblock to a tribal casino, which would be at odds with the 2007 Sedgwick County vote against casino gaming and also would be untaxed and largely unregulated.
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